NCCP Training & Certification
For information on courses delivered in Alberta, visit the Coach Courses page.
The training of coaches for artistic swimming is through the National Coach Certification Program in partnership with Alberta Artistic Swimming, Canada Artistic Swimming and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). Training and evaluation of coaches is provided for the recreational stream and the competitive stream.
You can obtain an NCCP number at anytime. Information on how to create an NCCP number and how to navigate the Locker can be found in this NCCP Status Guide.
Coaches must be trained in the context in which you intend to coach and have completed the Make Ethical Decisions (MED) course and the Make Ethical Decisions online evaluation. The MED is offered through Ministry of Culture and Status of Women. Visit the course calendar to register for an MED course.
AquaGO! is for instructors working in a recreational program and is the prerequisite for the Competition Introduction Coach course. The course and evaluations are delivered through the province. To take this course you can view available course dates in any province from the Artistic Swimming Coach Course Calendar. NOTE: The pool session must be taken in person.
Competition Introduction is for those who will coach competitive athletes and supports the coach in the Learn to Train and Train to Train stages. This course and the evaluations are delivered through the province. To take this course you can view available course dates in any province from the Artistic Swimming Coach Course Calendar. NOTE: The pool session must be taken in person.
Competition Development is for competitive coaches coaching the Train to Train and Train to Compete stages. This course and the evaluations are delivered through Canada Artistic Swimming. To take this course you can view available course dates from the Artistic Swimming Coach Course Calendar. NOTE: The pool session must be taken in person.
Professional Development Points: Certified coaches must maintain their status by earning PD points as outline in the Coach Development Pathway. This is done through continuing education and active coaching. Points are updated on a coaches profile by the CAC for courses through the Locker, NSO’s and PTSO’s by attending sessions delivered through these governing bodies or by self-declaring. See the FAQ on the the CAC’s website.
Additional courses are offered through NCCP partners in each province, you can check the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) website for dates and locations in your province or visit the Coach Courses page for what is available in Alberta.
TO complete the AquaGO! evaluation, please go to the Artistic Swimming Coach website and log into your profile and follow the steps in the AquaGO! information block.
To complete the first evaluation, click here for information
Competition Introduction Evaluation
Please see the Evaluation Administration Process document for information on completing outcomes. To register for an evaluation please use the AAS Comp Intro Evaluation Registration link. Please note that the coach must have met all ‘trained; requirements as per the Coach Development pathway.
Competition Development Evaluation
CAS Manages all aspects of the Competition Development Program. For more information about this program or to register for an evaluation please contact them directly or visit their website.
To be eligible to coach you must meet all the requirements of the CAS Coach Registration and Certification Policy.
NCCP Professional Development Points
Information and Resources
To maintain ‘certified’ status, a coach must complete Professional Development (PD) Points within a five year cycle. Tracking of PD points begins January 1, following certification.
Competitive coaches are required to complete their points to maintain deck eligibility for competitions as per CAS’s Coach Registration and Certification Policy. Section VIII B 2: Coaches ‘……have two calendar years from the completion of their Competition Introduction module 1-8 course to complete their certification, after which they will not be permitted on the deck at any PTSO hosted competition’. A coaches status will change from ‘certified’ to not-renewed’ when PD points are not completed, rendering them not certified and inelgible to be on deck at competitions. For national competitions please read section VIII CAS Hosted competitions.
It is a coach’s responsibility to stay on top of PD points.
Alberta Artistic Swimming will offer occasional sport specific and/or non-sport specific opportunities. Points are earned based on the parameters set out by the CAC and CAS. If you are attending, or have attended, something not delivered by AAS, CAS or CAC you can self report these in your Locker profile, under the certification page.
REMEMBER: You self-report one point per year as an active coach. Points must be recorded annually through the self report process on your Locker profile.
Since most non-NCCP learning opportunities are offered through other organizations, AAS will do its best to provide information and links on the Coach Courses page for your convenience. If you know any opportunities that you would like to pass along, please send the information using the contact us form below. ‘…have two calendar years from the completion of their Competition Introduction module 1-8 course to complete their certification, after which they will not be permitted on the deck at any PTSO hosted competition